2011 Oakridge "864 Single Block Selection - Charlie's Block: J&J D'Aloisio Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley Victoria (Previously $50)

SKU #1124435 96 points James Halliday

 Bright straw-green; the spectacular power and intensity of the fruit has completely absorbed the French oak derived from 50% of the wine barrel-fermented new oak; the white peach and citrus fruit persisting in the mouth long after the wine has been swallowed.

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 864 Charlieís Block Chardonnay exudes lovely green guava, pineapple, peach and sulfide aromas accented by yeast extract, some ginger and spice. Medium-bodied and quite creamy in texture, it drinks with great freshness and intensity through a long finish. Drink it now to 2017+. (LPR)  (8/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Oakridge was awarded "Winery of the Year" in 2012 on the strength of its legendary Chards. Winemaker David Bicknell is the king of Chard in Australia. The 864 wines are only released in the best years; Oakridge's Single Block line showcases their finest single vineyard and estate wines. They are to be treated and indeed judged against the best of what Burgundy can offer and we believe they truly measure up! From the Winemaker: "864 Block Selection: J & J D'Aloisio, Charlie's Block. North facing at 250 meters above sea level. Close planted in the red volcanic soil of Seville Village in 1985 using the P58 clone. All grapes hand harvested and sorted prior to whole bunch pressing directly to French oak puncheons for natural fermentation. 30% of the barrels were new. Post-fermentation, the wine was sulfured in-situ to prevent malolactic conversion from occurring and preserve the naturally high acidity. The wine was aged on its fermentation lees with minimal sulfur for 10 months prior to blending and bottling after a single filtration. Pale straw with bright green hues. Opens with strong citrus, white stone fruit, white flowers and hints of praline. The palate is full, expansive and rich grapefruit, nectarine, flint and white flowers moving along a taught and tangy line of citrus acidity. A changing and complex wine of depth and concentration that with time in the glass reveals perfumed musk, lemon curd plus wisps of smoke and spent matchsticks."

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/20/2013  | Send Email
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Best young Chard I have ever tasted, period. I am simply amazed by this wine. Drive, texture, complex layers of flavor so dynamic they defy description. Exotic spices, Agarwood, endless mineral tones. Simply amazing.
Drink from 2013 to 2023

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M‚con, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

Victoria

Specific Appellation:

Yarra Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 13.2